Why People Partake In Cosplaying
Comic-Con International is one of the biggest cosplay conventions held annually. This convention is full of visual treats. Famous celebrities grace their presence during Comic-Con, and studios start promoting upcoming movie releases, etc. However, the most significant part of a convention is the attendance of fans who take part in cosplaying and dressing up.
Cosplay is shortened from costume play. This simply refers to persons dressing up as superheroes or characters. Movie Costumes are the most commonly used form of costume play. Other costumes are taken from video games and comic books. The popularity of cosplay escalated when Japanese manga became popular in the United States in the 90s.
Anyone is welcome to cosplay. Cosplayers are everywhere but they usually go out in multitude during conventions like Comic-Con. In conventions, these cosplayers get to show off their amazing costumes to fans who can recognize their characters.
Cosplays are done since participating in them is fun. This is just like any other hobby or form of leisure. The main reason is that cosplayers enjoy it.
There is also a term called crossplay where a person dresses up of a different gendered character. An example is below.
There are also varying levels of commitment. Some will go to extreme lengths to personalize and prepare their costumes by hand. Some people see cosplaying as a performance art, and some design their costumes for weeks to compete in competitions.
There are competitions for cosplaying. In San Diego Comic-Con, it is called Masquerade. The cosplayers showcase their costumes in front of judges and audiences to win prizes.
Other people have made this a career. They start by showcasing their skills at events in order to get jobs in costume designing.
There has been some controversies in relation to this especially for women cosplayers. Women characters in comics are depicted unrealistically in terms of body proportions. Some are also scantily dressed. Aside from this, women are bullied due to weight as being too fat to partake in cosplays. There are also harassment happening in conventions. This is an ugly downside when cosplaying is made for fun. The good thing is there are movements against these issues which are gaining popularity.